Unregistered Sim Cards Barred from Access Facebook, TikTok – DICT

DICT to Ban Unregistered Sim Cards from Accessing Facebook and TikTok

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will ban unregistered sim cards from using Facebook and TikTok.

During the 90-day registration extension, the DICT is considering disconnecting some services from unregistered SIM cards. Subscribers who do not register their SIM cards during the extension time may endure a “gradual” loss of service on their cell phones, according to Secretary Ivan John Uy.

“Hindi namin inilagay ang mga kundisyon na iyon sa unang pagpaparehistro ng SIM card ngunit dahil sa aming obserbasyon na hindi sineseryoso ng mga tao ang aming deadline, sinusuri namin ngayon ang iba pang mga pagpipilian upang ma-incentivize ang pagpaparehistro,” he said.

Facebook TikTok Unregistered Sim

Uy stated that the DICT is already in discussions with telcos about the registration process during the delay. Based on the report, users will lose access to their Facebook and TikTok accounts. However, they can still use your phone, call, and text, and after a specific length of time, outgoing calls will disappear.

“Let’s say after 60 days, mawawalan ka ng access sa Facebook accounts mo o sa TikTok accounts mo. Magagamit mo pa phone mo, pwede ka pa ring tumawag, pwede ka pa ring mag-text tapos after a certain period, mawawala ang mga outgoing calls mo. so that way, ramdam niyo kung ano effect na di kayo nagpaparehistro,” he explained.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. approved a 90-day extension of the required SIM registration deadline beyond April 26 on Tuesday. More than 82 million SIM cards had been registered as of Sunday, April 23, accounting for 49.31% of all active SIMs as of December 2022. In the Philippines, there are now 168,016,400 active SIM cards.

More than 37 million of the 82 million registered SIMs are Globe users, 39 million are Smart subscribers, and over 5 million are Dito members. Within the 90-day extension, the DICT hopes to register 70% of active SIMs.

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